I am a self-proclaimed word nerd. When I come across a word I don’t know, first, I try to figure out what it means by context. Then, I look it up in my handy-dandy, good, old fashioned Webster’s dictionary! Finally, I put the word into use. For the next week, I incorporate it into my everyday use. I may be greeted with a roll of the eyes at the use of “kanban” and “lagniappe,” but it does not deter me. The more I use these new words, the more likely they will become part of my everyday language.
Being an obsessed word nerd helps me become a better communicator and writer to effectively convey my thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You may think this word quest is floccinaucinihilipilificate, or worthless, but I believe building vocabulary is valuable for three reasons (beyond boosting SAT and ACT scores).
1) Vocabulary Frees Your Mind.
The richer your vocabulary, the more open you are to new ways of looking at situations, solving problems, and new thought processes. People with limited vocabulary tend to stick to familiar patterns of thought and limited perspective.
“The more words you know, the more clearly and powerfully you will think … and the more ideas you will invite into your mind.” – Wilfred Funk, Author
2) Vocabulary Improves Communication.
Knowing the right word at the right time will help you to make your point clearly and concisely in both oral and written communications. By having numerous words in your repertoire, you’ll know just the right “go to” word securing your ability to communicate well and persuade powerfully.
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” –Mark Twain, Author
3) Vocabulary Equals Success.
Professional and personal success depends on communication and critical thinking. Therefore, your vocabulary is one of the biggest indicators of your success.
“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.” – Confucius
I encourage you to become a word nerd too! Your pursuit of learning a new word a day can be as easy as opening a book or checking out these sites: